Memphis Music at Your Library


Memphis Music

We offer ample opportunities to experience Memphis Music. Each night from 6:30 to Midnight, WYPL (FM 89.3 and streaming online) plays Memphis Music from various genres including the Memphis 60s, the Memphis 70s, Gospel, Stax & Hi, Sun, Current, and Blues. See the WYPL FM program schedule for details. Or, Check out our large collection of CDs, Cassettes, and LPs. We also have a large collection of rare CDs and LPs accessible via a listening station in the Memphis & Shelby County Room on the 4th floor of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. This listening station contains materials representing every stage of music written and recorded by Memphians and in Memphis.  From the Memphis Jug Band, to Justin Timberlake; from Memphis Minnie to Packy Axton; classical, country, jazz, soul, rockabilly, R&B and more can all be listened to and enjoyed in one spot. Additionally, many rare and out-of-print albums are included in the listening station along with local independent releases (of course, Elvis and Stax are here too!).

CLOUD901 - Recording Studio

Teens can lay down the next hit track to come out of Memphis. Record and produce audio using sound isolation booths and professional sound mixing equipment. CLOUD901 resides in the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on the first and second floor and is open to teens ages 13 to 18. Click here to learn more about music production and recording at CLOUD901! You can also check out the CLOUD901 Basics and Feature pages to learn about all the exciting technologies available. For a complete list of all CLOUD901 programs check out the CLOUD901 Calendar.

5 Fridays of Jazz

Fridays have never sounded so good! Join us for 5 Fridays of Jazz at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). Offered in partnership with the Levitt Shell and the Memphis Library Foundation, this series of free concerts, usually held in March, offers customers a chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy soulful sounds by local entertainers. Check out the Memphis Library Foundation page to learn more!

Front Porch Music Series

The Levitt Shell's Front Porch Music and Cultural Series is free and happens the second Tuesday of every month at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. See upcoming concerts on our Events Calendar.

Musical Mondays at Cordova Library

It’s hard to have a bad day once inside the doors of Cordova Library (8457 Trinity Road). That’s where customers of all ages enjoy Musical Storytime on Mondays at 4 p.m. and free Ukulele Classes on Mondays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. These new family-friendly classes, with help from the Memphis Ukulele FlashMob, offer customers interactive and educational entertainment. For more information about Musical Storytime or Basic Ukulele Classes at Cordova Library, call (901) 415-2764.
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Family Tunes and Tales Storytime

Make the most of your family time at Memphis Public Libraries' Family Tunes & Tales Storytime, offered in partnership with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Children, teens, moms, dads, and grandparents are sure to love the adventurous stories brought to life by live orchestra performances! All Family Tunes and Tales Storytimes start at 11AM to 12 Noon. To learn more about this program and our partners check out the Memphis Symphony Orchestra!
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Central Children’s
Saturday November 4 String Quartet A I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Beaumont
Saturday December 9 Woodwind Quintet My Family Plays Music by Cox
Saturday February 10 String Quartet E Precious and the Boo Hag by McKissack
Saturday March 10 Brass Quintet Interrupting Chicken by Stein
Saturday April 14 Kinder Trio Daniel Finds a Poem by Archer
Saturday May 12 Percussion The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants by Litwin
Bartlett
Saturday November 4 Woodwind Quintet My Family Plays Music by Cox
Saturday December 9 String Quartet E Precious and the Boo Hag by McKissack
Saturday February 10 Brass Quintet Interrupting Chicken by Stein
Saturday March 10 Kinder Trio Daniel Finds a Poem by Archer
Saturday April 14 Percussion The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants by Litwin
Saturday May 12 String Quartet A I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Beaumont
Cordova
Saturday November 4 Brass Quintet Interrupting Chicken by Stein
Saturday December 9 Kinder Trio Daniel Finds a Poem by Archer
Saturday February 10 Percussion The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants by Litwin
Saturday March 10 String Quartet A I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Beaumont
Saturday April 14 Woodwind Quintet My Family Plays Music by Cox
Saturday May 12 String Quartet E Precious and the Boo Hag by McKissack

30 Days of Opera

Each September, Opera Memphis present 30 Days of Opera.  Every day in September, somewhere in Memphis, there will be opera. Several of these events occur at various library branches. From Opera Memphis - "Designed to show the city we love what we love about opera, every performance will be free and open to the public."